WHERE: Maxwell Elementary
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 18
DETAILS: Donate pencils to help start school this year. A collection box will be out in front of the school until Aug. 18 during business hours for donations.
R.L. NORRIS CLASS OF 1966 MEETING
WHERE: Home of Shelley Moss Frails
WHEN: 6 p.m. Sunday
OUR CHILDREN'S TCB 'SPIRIT' BIKE RUN
WHERE: Sweetwater Recreation Gym parking lot
WHEN: Registration 9 a.m. Sept. 10
DETAILS: A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tourette Syndrome Association Inc. and will support the new Tourette Syndrome Association of Georgia, which is being formed. The ride will be led by Chris Knox and Rogues Motorcycle Brotherhood. Kickstands up at 10 a.m. First bike out led by Harold Burch. Last bike out at noon. Concessions will be available. The ride starts at Sweetwater Gym parking lot and will go through Wrens, Harlem, Appling, Lincolnton and back to Thomson. The winner will be announced when the last bike is back in at Sweetwater. The winner will receive $250, second place $100 and third place $50. Ride tickets are $20 per person; $5 for rider; $2 for extra hand (request at registration.)
INFANT MORTALITY AWARENESS EVENT
WHERE: Rotary Park, Washington Road next to fire station
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 17
DETAILS: Sponsored by Enterprise Community Health Start, come out and enjoy games with Amerigroup, Lady Bug the clown, face painting and more. Enter a raffle for a free crib. Call Debra Griffin, (706) 840-5986.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MEETING
WHERE: Thomson Library
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday
DETAILS: Please note change in hour of meeting.
See more: 2,5,7A
HOMESCHOOL CARE GROUP INFORMATION MEETING
WHERE: Warren County Library conference room
WHEN: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday
DETAILS: All homeschoolers are welcome to attend. Questions: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR CHILDREN'S VILLAGE FUNFEST AND RALLY
WHERE: McDuffie Board of Education field (across from the Brickyard)
WHEN: 4-8 p.m. Aug. 19
DETAILS: For elementary and middle school-age youth. Free food, fun and entertainment. The Teen Fest (high school age) will be Aug. 20 at the Old Frontier, along with the EmuFest, beginning at 3 p.m. Contact Kimberly Usry at (706) 595-8672 or (706) 595-5591 for questions or to volunteer, donate or sponsor.
WHERE: Thomson High School
WHEN: 6-7 p.m. tonight
DETAILS: Students may see their schedules and will be given a tour of the building. Parents will learn about new testing and curriculum changes and have their questions answered.
WHERE: Walmart, Thomson
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
DETAILS: Sponsor: Shepeard Community Blood Center
CAMELLIA CITY LIONS CLUB MEETINGS
WHERE: Queen of Angels Catholic Church
WHEN: 7 p.m. second Mondays
DETAILS: Call Lion Bonnie Martin at (706) 595-5176 or Lion Pat Wylie at (706) 595-0560.
SEE MORE: 5,7A
AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASSes
DETAILS: Instructor Tom Vanderhoof presents AARP driver safety classes geared toward drivers age 50 or older. The course is not limited to seniors or to AARP members. Successful completion for the course can qualify a driver for a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance premium. Drivers should confirm the discount with their insurance agents. Call Vanderhoof at (706) 863-2865 for class dates or to schedule a class through your organization.
PINDOR CONSTRUCTION/CONTRACTOR/JOB FAIR
WHERE: Thomson Depot
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
DETAILS: $50 for vendors. The event is geared to help small businesses to grow and to offer job opportunity to qualified individuals. E-mail: email@example.com or call (706) 361-8001.
An Evening with Livingston Taylor
WHERE: Hardin Performing Arts Center, Evans WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. DETAILS: Tickets are $32.50 and $27.50. Call (706) 726-0366. Visit www.augusta amusements.com.
AN EVENING WITH LEON REDBONE
WHERE: Hardin Performing Arts Center, Evans WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
DETAILS: Tickets are $32.50 and $27.50. Call (706) 726-0366. Visit www.augusta amusements.com.
CERTIFY IN CPR AND FIRST AID
WHERE: McDuffie County Fire and Rescue Headquarters, 1061 Salem Road, Thomson
WHEN: 9 a.m. until class completion; first and third Saturdays
DETAILS: Classes specialize in health care provider ($20), heart saver first aid ($20), fire extinguisher training (free) and child care professional fire safety training ($10). Fees are expected at time of registration. Class must consist of five or more participants. Contact Lt. Ed Lewis, fire and Life safety instructor Terence Favors or Capt. Ron May, (706) 595-2044 or (706) 595-2045.
KENNY HILL FUND
WHERE: Farmers State Bank
DETAILS: Kenny Hill was recently diagnosed with brain and lung cancer. Keep up with his progress at www.caringbridge.org/visit/kennyhill. If you would like to donate, please mail a check made out to Benefit for Kenny Hill to Farmers State Bank, P.O. Box 99, Lincolnton, GA 30817.
MUSIC IN THE PARK
WHERE: Mitchell Depot
WHEN: First Saturdays through October
DETAILS: Bluegrass, country and gospel music, hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks. Donations accepted. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. There is a playground for the kids. Free parking available.
FAMILY Y Classes
WHERE: Thomson Family Y
WHEN: Twice a week per month
KARATE: Ages 6 and up.
ART: Pre-K through eighth grade.
DANCE: Ages 2 years through 12th grade.
FEE: $40 per month for members; $60 per month for nonmembers. Discount for additional siblings. Register at any Family Y location or online at www.thefamilyy.org. Financial assistance is available for all Family Y programs.
WHERE: Thomson Family Y
WHEN: 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Thursday
DETAILS: Each month features a different dance. Free for Family Y members; $10 per class for nonmembers. Register at any Family Y location or online at www.thefamilyy.org.
DROP AND SHOP
WHERE: Thomson Family Y
WHEN: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
DETAILS: Open to ages 6 months -- 12 years. Cost is $15 per child. Discount for additional siblings. Visit any Family Y location or register online at www.thefamilyy.org. Financial assistance is available for all programs.
one stop may be able to help you
WHERE: East Central Georgia Consortium One Stop
DETAILS: Did you know that more than 25,000 jobs will be opening for the heavy construction industry throughout the state? Did you know an experienced construction laborer can earn $20 per hour? Did you know that you may qualify to be trained for this great career? If you are unemployed, willing to travel and Georgia Work Ready Certified then contact the local One Stop for more information at (706) 595-8941. The One Stop has placed over 45 people in jobs related to this industry after training. Come get your training today.
get a burn permit
WHERE: Call (877) 652-2876
WHEN: Always get a burn permit; it's the law
DETAILS: Breezy, warm, spring days are perfect for enjoying the outdoors, but they're perfect, too, for wildfires. To prevent the spread of wildfires, the Georgia Forestry Commission is urging residents to take extra precautions when burning yard debris, using an outdoor grill or enjoying campfires. If you're not sure when to get a permit just call (877) OK2-burn or log ontoGaTrees.org.